Lee Daniels Says Jussie Smollett Is “Not” Returning to “Empire”

June 5, 2019

Empire co-creator Lee Daniels tweeted on Tuesday that Jussie Smollett will not return as Jamal Lyon in the sixth and final season of FOX’s Empire. According to Page Six, Daniels wrote, “Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire.” Daniels was likely responding to a report published by Variety, in which multiple production sources said the shows writing staff was breaking ideas for the show’s sixth and final season with the expectation that Smollett would appear in the back half of the 18-episode season. The news comes after several Empire cast members penned a letter back in April supporting Smollett’s return.